Toronto trip snaps losing streak

Gaels go 11 for 15 from three-point line in tight win over Ryerson, but lose 85-61 to Toronto

Post Sydney Kernahan goes up to block a shot against the Ryerson Rams.
Post Sydney Kernahan goes up to block a shot against the Ryerson Rams.

Guard Liz Boag had a happy birthday on Saturday night, leading the women’s basketball team to a 75-72 win over the Ryerson Rams.

Boag recorded a team-high 17 points and posted four assists against the Rams, as the Gaels bounced back from Friday’s 85-61 loss to the Toronto Varsity Blues.

Boag didn’t miss a shot all night, going six for six from the field — including five three-pointers.

“I was just confident with my shots and they were dropping,” she said.

Both teams were electric from three-point land — the Gaels went 11 for 15, while the Rams were 10 for 14. Queen’s coach Dave Wilson said it was difficult for both defences to contend with the hot shooting.

“[Players were] shooting threes from six feet beyond the three-point line,” he said. “I was screaming when the ball was on the other end.”

The Gaels trailed by 11 points in the first quarter, but went on a 24-9 second-quarter run to take a four-point lead into halftime. The game remained tight throughout the second half — the Rams were one point behind the Gaels with four seconds remaining, but wing Christine Wallace made two free throws to seal the win.

Wilson said Friday’s win was a huge confidence boost for his team after three straight losses.

“Pressure is mounting in terms of securing a home playoff spot,” Wilson said. “[But] our ability to take care of the ball was much better, our decision-making was much better and we shot the ball very well.”

In Friday’s 85-61 loss to the Varsity Blues, the Gaels were outscored in every quarter and trailed by double digits for most of the game.

The Gaels gave up 20 offensive rebounds, allowing the Blues to convert 20 points from second-chance opportunities. They also tallied a season-high 31 turnovers, resulting in 33 points for the Blues.

Guard Brittany Moore led the Gaels with 19 points, while post Sydney Kernahan collected 10 rebounds.

The Gaels will play back-to-back games against the Royal Military College Paladins this weekend, away on Friday and at home on Saturday. Both games start at 6 p.m.

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